Do You Wonder How Pearls Come To Be? Do you wonder about the dreamy, exotic far lands they come from?
Palawan. Philippines – In the Philippines', pristine tropical waters, resides nature rare, pearl-bearing, gold lipped “Pinctada, maxima” oyster. With their ecologically friendly Pearl farms and passion for perfection, the Philippines have become the premier source for Golden South Sea Pearls. South Sea Pearls are the largest in the world of Pearls.
The gold-lipped “Pinctada - Maxima” oyster can produce pearls in the range between 8 to 18mm. The process is slow and can take up to 5 years before the Pearl is harvested. But what a joy to the eye after all this waiting… The natural, warm golden color and the Pearl’s orient, (The term orient refers to the shimmering, iridescent colors, which appear to move and glitter when the pearl is turned. This phenomenon is caused by the way in which light is reflected through the various thin layers of nacre, which make up the pearl) are the two signature characteristic of this beautiful Golden Pearl.
Now, this is the final product that pleases the eye. But how many of us have really dug deeper? Yes, Pearls are mesmerizingly beautiful. Sometimes I am not sure “beautiful” can circumscribe my awe when I see these little perfections of golden glow. It is like a nothing else in the infinite world of jewels. This is perfection created by another living species.
This really is a delicate and slow process, where human interaction is not that important. It's all about Mother's Nature artistry and the oyster's hard work. One of the most important value factors to be considered when grading pearls is the color - both overtone and body color. The Pearl color can develop in many ways. The natural color of a pearl results from a combination of several factors. The pearl's body-color is its main color. This can be white, silver, cream-colored, gold, green, blue, or even black. The body-color is determined by the type of oyster or mollusk that produces the pearl (certain types of oysters generally produce pearls of certain colors), as well as the conditions of the water, and sometimes the type of nucleus which is implanted to stimulate the pearl's creation. Here is what Pinctada-Maxima” oyster can make in a little over six years, thanks to the pristine waters in this remote part of the world and their unique chemical composition.